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Elmer Schoebel's Friar's Society Orchestra
Elmer Schoebel’s little band playing “Copenhagen” and his own “Prince of Wails“, was a studio group that recalled something of the Friar’s Society Orchestra of seven years earlier, with which Schoebel played piano and for which he did arrangements. It brought together not only Schoebel to make his swan-song on records, but divers talents as Isham Jones’ brass bassist John Kuhn; Karl Berger, once banjoist with the Louisiana Five in New York; the superb Chicago drummer George Wettling, subsequent hero of dozens of first class sessions, and Frank Teschemacher.Elmer Schoebel's Friars Society Orchestra

To crown it all, we have Dick Feige and Jack Read as the brass team, making two sides of unassuming but enthusiastic Jazz, perhaps a hurried look back at the great days that were coming to an end if they had but realised it, for eleven days later, the stock market collapse signalled that the party was over, and it would be some time before Jazz as these men had known it would be a viable commercial proposition as Frank Teschemacher had dreamed.

By Brain Rust (from the liner notes of Jazz From The Windy City on Timeless Records)

ddd discography

TitleRecording DateRecording LocationCompany
(Charlie Davis / Walter Melrose)
10-18-1929Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 4652
Prince Of Wails
(Elmer Schoebel)
10-18-1929Chicago, IllinoisBrunswick 4652

Karl BergerGuitar
Dick FeigeCornet
John KuhnBrass Bass
Jack ReadTrombone
Elmer SchoebelPiano
Frank TeschemacherClarinet
Floyd TownesTenor Saxophne
George WettlingDrums


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